Janet Luxton

Sydney based artist Janet Luxton worked as a draftsman and graphic designer in Auckland during the 1970’s. In 1981 she joined a major yacht construction project and sailed to San Francisco in 1984. It was here that she studied painting at the San Fransisco Art Institute with photorealist artist Richard McLean before a period at the Jerusalem Print Workshop in Israel studying etching and other printmaking techniques with Arik Kilemnick. Between 1989 and 2011 Janet designed, built and operated two small wineries in NSW and South Australia with attached galleries for her paintings, drawing and etchings.

Painting with deft technical skill and sensitivity, Janet Luxton’s exquisite paintings capture the magnificence and diversity of the creatures of the natural world. More than realist interpretations of wildlife, each meticulous brushstroke by Luxton reveals the animal’s distinct character, as well as the artist’s deep respect and connection to each being she portrays. By working on a large scale, Luxton’s paintings not only reinforce the beauty and importance of the natural world, but they force the audience to contemplate our role and responsibility in protecting wildlife in all its forms.

Janet has been a finalist in the Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize, Dobell Prize for Drawing, The Pacific Rim Print Exhibition and the Outback Art Prize. She has also won the Gold Award at the National Packaging Council of Australia and was commissioned by the New Zealand post to feature on a set of six stamps. Most recently, Janet was awarded Highly Commended in the People’s Choice Category in the 2020 Wildlife Artist of the Year through the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation.

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Janet Luxton and Sarah Tomasetti – The King’s School Art Prize

Image above: Janet Luxton  Eye contact  2021  oil on linen canvas  125 x 165 cm Congratulations to Janet Luxton and …

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Finalists in the 2020 Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize

Above image: Janet Luxton, Suffolk Sheep, 2018, oil on Belgian linen, 130 x 110cm A huge congratulations to Maryanne Coutts, Harrie Fasher, …

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Janet Luxton – Highly Commended in the 2020 Wildlife Artist of the Year

Image: Janet Luxton, Kakapo, New Zealand night parrot, 2015, oil on Belgian linen, 120 x 170cm Congratulations to Sydney based painter …

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Greg Weight – Finalist in The Olive Cotton Award 2021

Image above: Greg Weight  Harry Highpants with Seated Figure  ink jet on cotton rag  70 x 100 cm Greg Weight …

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Danielle Creenaune Elected Member of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers UK

Image above: Danielle Creenaune  Silent falls: Carrington  2020  stone lithograph and chine collé  edition 12  52 x 43 cm Congratulations to …

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Salon des Refusés 2021

Image above: Rodney Pople  Monkey Man  2021  portrait of Euan Macleod  oil on linen  201 x 134 cm.   Australian …

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Congratulations to Peter Wegner – Winner of the Archibald Prize 2021

Above image: Peter Wegner  Portrait of Guy Warren at 100  oil on canvas  120.5 x 151.5 cm Peter Wegner has won …

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Greg Weight – Finalist in Still: National Still Life Award 2021

Image above: Greg Weight  Everything Past is Almost Forgotten  permanent pigment print on cotton rag paper  60 x 90 cm …

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Geoffrey Ricardo – Lorne Sculpture Biennale 2021

Later this year, Geoffrey Ricardo will feature in the 2021 Lorne Sculpture Biennale. The following artist profile provides an introduction …

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Julian Twigg – Albany Artist in Residence

Celebrated maritime artist, Julian Twigg has recently completed a month long artist residency in Albany, Western Australia. The artist-in-residence program …

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Jennifer Keeler-Milne – Sydney Morning Herald Article by Steve Meacham, June 1 2021

Image above: Jennifer Keeler-Milne in her studio in Newtown (Photograph: Nick Moir) In anticipation of her upcoming exhibition, ‘Autumn & …

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Jock Clutterbuck – Review of ‘Wisdom Journey: Prints and Sculpture 1967-72’

Image above courtesy of Sasha Grishin and Lyn McNally We are delighted to share Sasha Grishin’s insightful review of Jock …

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Finalists announced – Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2021

Image above: Peter Wegner  Portrait of Guy Warren at 100  oil on canvas  120.5 x 151.5 cm Congratulations to Graeme …

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